Disclosure / Feedback
In Quad One, the fundamental issue regarding locus of control resides in the dynamics of individualism versus conformity. In American and Northern European societies, strong emphasis is often placed on individualism and the right—even obligation— of individuals to stake out their own distinctive identity. This individualistic imperative, in turn, requires the assumption of internal locus of control. We can’t stake out a distinctive public self, without believing that we can ignore or overcome our personal history, our present environment, and the expectations that other people place on us because of our social-economic class, gender, race, ethnic background and so forth. This individualism and internal locus of control is reinforced by the media (“self-made man”) and reward systems (“find the responsible party”)..
The increasing density of human population is not simply a matter of population growth, it also has to do with a remarkable dynamic that is to be found in most systems—what many theorists now label the strange attractor phenomenon.
The New Johari Window embraces multiple perspectives on this complex phenomenon. I will specifically look at the Johari Window from three perspectives—three ways in which to appreciate the deep nature of interpersonal relationships.
Many years ago, Sigmund Freud discovered (or did he invent?) the Ego. Freud had already discovered that the human psyche …
Joe Luft’s original model contained four quadrants that represented the total person in relation to other persons. These four quadrants also define the essential features of the New Johari Window.
Why are some people interpersonally smart? Why do other people seem to be interpersonally challenged, if not downright stupid? Even more fundamentally, why are each of us sometimes geniuses and sometimes idiots in our interactions with people about whom we care deeply?
The key features regarding these three perspectives concern the process of disclosure: what are its benefits and drawbacks and how does it become engaged.
The dynamics of Quad 3 is the opposite of Quad 2 with regard to the fulfillment of interpersonal needs. A’s task in Quad 3 is to actively express her needs to B (and other people) so that B (and others) might respond in a manner that meets A’s needs.